Dance Champion, Choreographer & Coach. Owner, Academy Ballroom Atlanta; Co-Founder of Atlanta Ballroom Dance Theater; Organizer of Hotlanta The Classic; Founder of the Global Spectrum Circuit of ballroom competitions and the SSS Pro/Am Club; co-founder and contributing editor of the Pro/Am Voice newsletter; co-founder of Spotlight Dance Videos.
Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Eddie grew up with music and Latin rhythms. He moved to New York at a very young age and began dancing as a teenager. He moved to Atlanta in his early twenties and joined the Fred Astaire Dance Studios organization to become a professional dance instructor. Eddie immediately became one of the top instructors in the world-renowned organization.
While with Fred’s, in addition to training students, he began choreographing shows which gained him national recognition as a dancer and choreographer. Eddie has since choreographed for So You Think You Can Dance (FOX), Dancing with the Stars (ABC) and for DeVyne Stephens, CEO of UpFront Megatainment. Eddie is one of the most sought-after choreographers and coaches for top professional teams, pro/am teams as well as amateur teams in the United States.
Professional and Pro/Am Championship Titles
After achieving the ultimate goal of becoming a United States & World Professional Champion, Eddie turned his focus to Pro/Am dancing and continues achieving titles with his Pro/Am students today. In addition to his Professional and Pro/Am titles, Eddie also has numerous United States and World Pro/Am finalists.
Professional Championship Titles
2003 Professional World Mambo Champion
1989 United States Professional American Rhythm Champion
1987 United States Professional Theater Arts Champion
Pro/Am Championship Titles, 43 Total
12 United States Open American Rhythm Champions
10 United States Open International Latin Champions
9 United States Open American 9-Dance Champions
4 United States Open American Smooth Champions
2 World Open American 9-Dance Champions
2 World Open American Rhythm Champions
2 World Open American Smooth Champions
1 United States Open Rising Star American Rhythm Champion
1 Unites States Open South American Showdance Champion
Eddie has performed in ballroom competitions and show exhibitions for 20 years. In 2003, Eddie performed 17 shows with his professional partner in the United States, and worldwide including Russia, Monte Carlo, & Morocco. In addition, Eddie, along with one of his pro/am champions, was featured on the ballroom show, America’s Ballroom Challenge (PBS). Eddie continues to perform throughout the year with his Pro/Am competitors in various competitions across the United States, including the United States Ballroom Dance Championships, Ohio Star Ball, & Emerald Ball. Eddie’s performance company for which he choreographs all show numbers and participates in performances, the Atlanta Ballroom Dance Theater, has performed in Savannah, GA, Oklahoma City, OK, Augusta, GA, Charlotte, NC, Knoxville, TN, Las Vegas, NV, Greenville, SC, and Atlanta, GA throughout 2011 and continuing throughout 2012.